Wednesday, May 2, 2012

One Person at a Time

My precious child...
Yes my Father?
I have a new assignment for you...
Really? What is it? 
I want you to change the world...
What? Me? No! I think you forgot who you are talking to...or maybe I just misunderstood. 
No, don’t heard correctly and yes, I know who I’m talking to. I’m serious. I know it seems completely impossible to your little finite mind, but are you willing to trust me? 
I don’t know...I think you’ve overestimated me this time, Lord. Ah...well...I just don’t think I’m the one for the job...
But my dearest child...I don’t call the equipped, I equip the called. Just trust me and let me work through you. 

And so I struggled. My heart rebelling at the calling my Father was giving me. But finally He got through to me. He needed ME. He was pleading for ME. How could I resist Him? So with a fearing heart and trembling lips I gave in. 

Lord, I’m willing, but I’m overwhelmed. Where do I even begin?

And then He sent me just what I needed...through the paragraph a friend sent
"People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. 
And I've noticed something about people who make a difference in the world:
They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters
They get excited over one smile. 
They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. 
They aren't determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they're satisfied with small changes. 
Over time, though, the small changes add up.
Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world..."
He spoke through another friend’s post
And I got it...
Changing the world is about individuals. About smiles. About a silent influence. About reaching out to those I meet everyday. About one.

And so I’m determined...I’m off to change the world, one person at a time. Not through my own strength, but by living a life of complete abandonment to Him. I know it won’t always be easy...He hasn’t promised that, but He has promised to be there. And my Father never breaks His promises. 

So my friend...will you join me? He is calling for you just as He is calling for me. You may have fears and doubts like I did, but don't let them stop you. He has all the power in heaven to impart on your behalf. Just surrender yourself completely to Him, let Him fill you and then you will become a lantern through which His light pours forth. The lantern doesn't have to worry about shining...the candle does that. The lantern just has to make sure it is emptied of everything but the candle. Our Father is looking for a whole army of lanterns...

Those who are willing to change the person at a time.